Two weeks ago in the columns of the Parisian, Pierre Ferracci, the president of Paris FC, showed his willingness to move forward in the file of the renovation of the Charléty stadium, which hosts the current leader of Ligue 2, in the perspective very possible of a rise in Ligue 1. In regular contact with the boss of the PFC, Pierre Rabadan, deputy in charge of sports to the mayor of Paris, specifies the position of the city of Paris.
What does Paris FC’s career in L2 inspire you in this first part of the season?
PIERRE RABADAN. Paris FC has had a remarkable career. This is the result of an alignment of several factors: the investments at Orly ( Editor’s note: where the PFC training and training center is located ), the arrival of René Girard and a successful recruitment with players not necessarily known but who correspond to the DNA of the club. We are still a long way from the finish but the base is solid. The city of Paris is happy and proud for them. We look at all of this with great interest. They are off to a good start and we hope they will climb to L1 this season. This is why we must already start to think about it.
Exactly, how the city of Paris considers this prospect of having two clubs in L1?
Obviously a very good eye. We have the pool and the public to accommodate two clubs. It will create a local issue that will participate in the animation of the Parisian sports world. PSG is now on another planet. By reaching the elite, Paris FC will already have to perpetuate itself at this level and will not play the title during the first years. But it has the arguments to make a good place in Ligue 1. It is a club which already has a strong identity but which needs visibility to retain an audience.
We come back to the problem of the Charléty stadium. President Pierre Ferracci has shown his willingness to move quickly on a renovation project …
The enthusiasm of Pierre Ferracci and Paris FC is promising and encouraging. The city shares this enthusiasm. We have heard his positions, which are legitimate. But I’m just a little surprised by the method and its words which would echo a position of the city, like what we would not look or we would not be interested in the file of renovation of Charléty… At no time, we said that we did not agree and that we did not think about it. We talk regularly with Pierre Ferracci, whom I also met with the mayor of the 13th arrondissement a month ago.
What is your position on this renovation?
The first step is already to anticipate to adapt to the specifications of the L1. For that, we’ll be ready. Then we have to think about its potential evolution. Discussions are open. I understand the demands of Paris FC because Charléty is ill-suited to team sports. I also experienced it because I played there for three years with Stade Français. But shaving and redoing everything is not a reasonable prospect at this time. Everyone agreed.
The other users of the stadium are wondering …
The subject is different and more complex than the Parc des Princes which is a raw stadium. Charléty is a generic sports complex where there are multiple users. He must continue to live in his entirety even if Paris FC uses the main field 40 or 50 times a year. As it stands, it seems complicated to me to sacrifice the athletics track. It is vital for Parisian sport and it is one of the few to meet international standards.
So signing a concession of use at Paris FC seems excluded to you?
President Ferracci did not ask me that. It all seems premature to me. But if the Paris FC project carries significant investments, we will have to find a system to make them profitable.
President Ferracci also mentioned a temporary move to the Parc des Princes or Jean Bouin …
He also admitted that it would not be ideal. Paris FC at the Parc, I see it moderately… And at Jean Bouin, there is the problem of synthetic. If the question arises, it is because enormous work will have been undertaken in Charléty and that it will not be usable. Today, this is not the envisioned scenario. We must continue to play it during the works. I hope that will be the case one day, but Paris FC is not short of space in Charléty.
What will be the continuation of the calendar?
Paris FC must come back to us with proposals. We will study them. Once again, we are ready to follow them because we are aware of our needs and constraints. But this must be done in good understanding with all the players.
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